I was very excited to be involved in the blog hop with Stencilgirl and Amazing Casting Products. Whilst stencils are something that I use every single day 3D embellishments are most certainly not! Mostly because I mainly work inside my journal and I need to make sure I can close the thing!

Don’t forget to scroll down to the end to see how you can enter to win a really awesome prize from Stencilgirl and Amazing Casting Products!

I have to say I was really pleased with how the finished project turned out. Well anything with Frida on it is always a win for me!

The molds I made are all from jewlery I own. Mostly earring but that bunny? I think he might be my favorite! He’s from a lego advent calendar my daughter had and I randomly found him in my jewelry drawer. I think he’s right at home with Frida on this piece, I think I’ll call him Diego!


I really love the gold leaf on the main piece too. The adhesive didn’t take so well to the surface and it gave me this wonder random and worn look to the casting. It really helps to highlight the texture from the earring.

I working with the Warped Holes 9 stencil on this project by Lizzie Mayne and it was a great guide to add my mark marking to!

So without further ado please enjoy the video I made to show you how I made this piece, I hope you enjoy watching. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and to subscribe to my channel to keep up to date!


One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page
on Monday, April 24th.

Total Eclipse Art Journal Page

I’m here with an Art Journal  project for Jessica Sporn Designs for Valentines day with all of my lovely colleagues from the Design Team. We have a great give away too so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win!

We were so lucky to receive a wonderful package to play with from Decoarts Media, they were so generous with their supplies and I had a lot of fun playing with the items. I know I’ll be using them a lot more in my Art Journal! I’ve made a video for you to watch so you can see how I made the page, it was messy and wonderful. A full supply list follows at the end of the post.

Total Eclipse Art Journal Page

I wanted to go in a different direction from the traditional Valentines type projects you’ll be no doubt seeing a lot of this time of year. I absolutely love this Bonnie Tyler song, it’s a real guilty pleasure of mine so I knew it would be perfect paired with these dramatic Victorians. Plus the colors of the misting sprays I got from Deco Arts just screamed galaxy to me.

I used modelling paste and Jessica’s Dots and Dashes stencil to give the background some great texture. You can see in the photo below how the gold interference paint really brought out the highlights in the texture.

Total Eclipse Art Journal Page

You can watch the video below on how my Art Journal Page came together from my youtube channel, be sure to subscribe to my channel to stay up to date with new videos!


Decoart Media Supply List

Decoart Misters in Carbon Black and Turquoise (the turquoise is to die for!)

Decoart Matt Medium

Decoart Gesso

Decoart Modelling Paste

Decoart Fluid Acrylic Paint – Carbon Black, Silver and Gold Interference


So up for grabs on this blog hop is the lovely Seven Hearts Stencil and all you have to do is comment below to be in with a chance of winning one. Of course if you go and visit all of my wonderful creative teammates you can get even more chances to win as well!

The competiton closes at 9pm EST on Monday 13th February and the winner will be announced on Jessica’s blog at 9am EST on the 14th February. Very best of luck!







The Great Art Stash Challenge

Join me in an art stash challenge! Rediscover old favorite supplies and challenge yourself to use them again!

So just before Christmas I was having a big clear out of all my old supplies. You know the old old OLD stuff that you’ve had forever? It was getting to the stage where I could find nothing I wanted and it was stopping me from being as creative as I wanted to. I was depressed looking at the mess you know? Whilst I did get rid of a lot of scrap stuff that was lying around there were a lot of things (mainly stamps) that I just couldn’t bare to get rid of but I didn’t really use them so a decision had to be made. What to do with my Art Stash?

The Great Art Stash Challenge

I decided to challenge myself to use these older supplies that have long been neglected. No more will these items languish in a box, crying and feeling lonely, longing for daylight (ok a little dramatic but you get the gist right?) I will use them and 2017 will be the year of #artstashchallenge

Getting Recruits

So I posted a couple of journal spreads on Instagram and I said in my posts that I was challenging myself to use up my art stash and that I was aiming to use the old stamps that have been gathering dust for over ten years.

The Great Art Stash Challenge

Then my lovely art friend Sherry contacted me and had the wonderful idea to make this an official challenge. With hashtags and themes and followers oh my! Well, needless to say I was all for it and here we are at the start of February, raring to go on our new challenge for 2017. Sherry and I are both on the Design Team for Jessica Sporn and I am only delighted to have such a lovely accomplice

Join in why don’t you?

So I would absolutely love to have you along for the journey with us and see what you create by participating in the Art Stash Challenge. We will be posting up on the 1st February on Instagram our first set of prompts.

You can visit Sherry’s blog and read her post about the challenge here. Be sure to follow both of us on Instagram at



Be sure to use the hashtag #artstashchallenge when you are sharing your work on Instagram so we can all see the wonderful things being created!


I’m showing off a recent journal page I made using some Viva Las Vegas Stamps I bought this month. I’m really trying hard to use more stamps in my journals because I have a ton which have been with me for years and years and most of them have not even been used.

I had a massive craft clear out recently and whilst I did dump a pile of stuff I couldn’t bare to part with many of my stamps. They were expensive having been built up for several years and it just didn’t seem right to just dump them. So 2017 being the year of use I have resolved to bring back stamping!

That being said when I saw these stamps on Instagram I knew I had to have the new designs. I mean look at the moth it’s beautiful! The plates are chock full of stamps with words and images all over. They are unmounted but I am super lazy and just cut them out and stamped with them. I will mount the ones I am using more regularly but for now they aren’t mounted (shhh!)

To fly journal page

The leaves in the background are an older Heidi Swapp stencil I think? God it must be about ten years old, I have a ton of old supplies that are nearly vintage at this stage. I made this page in response to a challenge from VLVS and the colors were brown. It’s not a color I normally used but I tied in some Paynes Grey and Gold Gouache to bring it to live a little more.

To fly journal page

My focal point is the moth which I embossed using a Versamark Ink pad and some black embossing powder. Remember when everything used to be stamped and embossed?? Haha I’m bringing it back, it’s too fun to watch it melt. I had some leaves I forgot about from Autum which were still in the book I used to press them. These and some cotton crochet thread made a great background for my little moth guy.

To fly journal page

The words on the left are from the latin verb “to fly” I printed using a old typewriter font and then dirtied up with some distress inks. I have to tell you my distress ink is also around 10 years old but the pads are still going strong!!

The page is made in response to the January Challenge on their blog which you can check out here.

So there is my page! I hope you enjoyed looking at it. I hope you’re encouraged to use up some old supplies and give them a new lease of live!

I can’t quite believe that we are at the end of the year for the Get Messy Creative Team! It’s been a really great year and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to take part in the team. I’ve certainly learnt a lot from participating and grown a lot as an Artist over the last 12 months.

So for end of term, and before the new creative team take over, we’re all doing a blog hop and talking about how we are inspired by another creative team member. I am talking about Zinia today.

Images (apart from the first) belong to Zinia C/O www.abstractinspirtation.com



It’s so funny that I got paired with Zinia because we were actually swap partners as well for the Get Messy Post Swap last year! I made the above page with supplies she sent me! Seems like a lifetime ago now!

Zinia’s work always has such a bright, white and colourful feel to it. It’s something I greatly admire but I have to admit, it’s not something I can achieve. My artist style just won’t allow me to but it most certainly does not stop me from drooling over her work!


As you can see from her page details here she always using painty style backgrounds but her’s always have a much softer feel to them than mine. I always go for the bold bright colours and hers are a beautiful muted and pastel. You can see more of her pages from this post here.


Look at this! I die. So Pretty!! Zinia is part of several creative teams and does a lot of scrapbooking as well. I’d love to have the patenice to keep up with scrapbooking but I’m afraid it’s just not something I can stick with. Zinia does a wonderful job of incorporating her scrapbook style into her art journalling and vice versa. You can read more about the above spread here.


Look at this totally amazing scrapbook page she’s made about her Art supplies and creating. I really love the way she’s used the stitching in her page here. I think I’m going to have to file that idea away for future inspiration for sure!

Be sure to hop along to Zinia’s blog to she who’s she talking about on the Creative Team that inspires her!




Welcome Stencilgirl and Paperartsy Fans! I’m so happy to have you here for this wonderful blog hop this month! When I found out that we would have to opportunity to work with some paperartsy products I was over the moon with excitment. I actually have many sets of paperartsy stamps already which must be at least ten years old so they’ve been a big favorite for a long time!

So I was lucky enough to recieve a couple of the gorgeous Fresco Finish acrylic paints in Coral and Lake Wanaka (they have the most amazing names for their paints!) as well as a set of stamps by Ellen Vargo to use in this project. I’ve combined them with the Spring Flower Vase stencil by Suzi Dennis. This stencil is really beautiful and also quite large so I’m using an acrylic board which is 12″ x 16″ to create a really lovely piece that can hang on the wall.


To start off with I’ve traced around the stencil to get the positioning of the flower petals and leaves onto my board. I’m going to be building up a paper collage effect on the flowers so I have left out some of the smaller details on the flowers. I’ve just created some larger petals where there were several smaller ones. Mainly to save myself some frustration later on!


So using the coral paint I pulled some gelli plate prints. I’ve mixed the coral with some white and layered each paper several times to give myself a good variety of tones from the same color. The images really don’t do justice to the lovely rich tones on this coral paint.

I’ve then taken a tombow marker and used the pen to ink up my paperartsy stamp. I didn’t have an ink pad to match the color and I didn’t want to go with a dramatic black for the petals. The marker worked out perfectly and the textures available in the stamp set meant that I had a wonderful range of patterns to add on top of the printed papers.


I knew I kept collecting containers for a reason!! So I’ve cut up my papers in advance into small pieces and kept them arranged by color and pattern. I’m going to use the different papers to create shading within the flowers.


I did the same on some book text to create a different pattern and texture for the leaves and stalks.


Here are the completed flowers. I loved that I could sit on the couch and just mindlessly paste them onto the board. I’m not too worried about making sure that the lines are perfect, I’m going to be going over them in paint now next to tidy up any rough edges. I really love the depth and texture going on in the blooms. I used matt medium to stick down the pieces.


So I’ve gone ahead and outlined the flowers in night sky color paint. It’s just a cheap craft acrylic paint by Do Crafts which I’m pretty sure is not available outside the UK and Ireland. I’m fairly confident most ranges have a very similar shade though. I really love this blue shade it’s much softer than black and I love how it has made the flowers and leaves pop.


I’m using my stamps now to build up some background layers for my piece. I used some Staz On ink in teal blue and just randomly stamped some areas. I’ll be painting and stamping and layering all over my background.


Here you can see several layers of paint and more stamps to add interest to the background. I love these stamps because they have some really great options to build up texture. The one on the top right is one of my favorites, it almost looks like bubble wrap.


More texture with some gold gouache and liquid acrylics.


To finish off I painted the vase with the lake wanaka blue. It’s a lovely matt color and gives a gorgeous opaque finish.


To give it a more “water in glass” type feel I’ve added an iridescent medium over the top of the paint to give it some lovely sparkle and shimmer.


And here is my finished piece! It’s too big to photograph on my usual background so my floor had to oblige! I really love how it’s turned out. The flowers have some lovely texture to them and I will certainly be using this technique again for more projects.



One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page and PaperArtsy’s blog on Sunday, January 1.


Hi everyone! I’m hopping today with some of my fellow Jessica Sporn Design Team members for a Christmas Themed Blog Hop. Today I’m showing you how I made these cute little paper baubles which would look lovely hanging on your tree this Christmas!

Be sure to read through to the end for your chance to win one of Jessica’s beautiful stamps for yourself.


So to start off I have gelli printed several pieces of cartridge paper with various shades of red. I’d recommend using a fairly thick paper or thinner card as you’ll need the shape to be maintained on the decorations.


I’m working with Jessica’s Garden Flowers and Leaves stencil to decorate the gelli printed pages.


I’m going to load up my gelli plate with some nice gold paint and place the stencil on top of the plate. This way I will be able to take a positive and negative print so it will give me some nice variation on the pattern.


You can see here I got some really nice prints and the red and the gold look really festive.


So now you will need circles, lots of circles. You need six circles for each decoration you want to make. I’ve taken some dark red card stock too to alternate with the decorations. I’ve drawn around a lid I had to hand but you could use a cutting machine if you have one or trace them like me. My circles are around 2 inches in diameter. So for each decoration I will need three dark red circles and three of my patterned circles.


So now take your six circles and fold them all in half. Then it’s simply a matter of gluing half a patterned piece to half a plain colored piece and working around until you have a circle! I’ve threaded some red and white bakers twine through the center of the decorations to hang them from the tree.


I love these cute little decorations and they look so pretty sitting on the tree!


So there are three amazing prizes up for grabs for this holiday blog hop! Not only could you win the lovely Blessings Stamp above but you could also win one of these two beautiful prizes.


Jessica has donated not only the lovely stamp but also one of her door hangings as well. My fellow creative team member (the very talented and generous) Denise has also offered one of her beautiful memo boards as a prize too.

To enter all you have to do is comment on my blog to be in with a chance to win. Visit all of the other blogs participating and comment too because every comment counts as a chance to win one of these beautiful prizes.

So go on and hop along to the others in the hop and show them some love as well! Entries closed on 12.12.16 at 9pm EST and winners will be announced the following day on Jessica’s blog! Best of luck everyone!

Jessica Sporn

Densie Alloca

Sherry Canino

Kristen Van Valenburgh

There is no

Welcome Get Messians and anyone else joining in for the Get Messy Blog hop I’m very happy to have you here! Be sure to read through to the end to see who is next on the hop and to enter our brilliant giveaway!

OK so bear with me on this title because you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what the heck I’m talking about or that I may or may not have lost the plot. Well perhaps I have lost the plot, that remains to be seen.

So I wanted to give a blog post that didn’t just give a tutorial on how to make a pretty page or a technique. I wanted to try and help you change your attitude towards your Art.

The struggle is real

I know a lot of you struggle to make pages or to come up with your ideas. You struggle because you think your work is not good enough. Maybe you look at my work and feel intimidated (I really hope you don’t but I’m sure there are some who do) and it can be really off putting.

Maybe you’re just at the start of your journey into making art or art journaling and the start can be a really scary place. I know I was there only just under two years ago.

The Secret Ingredient

Ok so the title of the post. Now remember, bear with me! I was watching Kung Fu Panda with my daughter the other day. I know right? Your lesson today is brought to you by a cartoon but let me explain.

So towards the end Po (the Panda in case you’ve not seen the movie) is doubting his skills and doesn’t know if he has it in him to be the Dragon Warrior. He thinks he should just give up and make noodles with his Father.

His Father (who is a crane there’s a later adoption story but I digress) asks him if he knows what the secret ingredient in his secret ingredient soup is? Of course he doesn’t, its secret but his father thinks that it’s time that Po learnt what it was.

So what is this secret ingredient? What is the secret in the secret ingredient soup? There isn’t one. The secret is you.

OK so maybe it’s just me but my mind was blown the more I thought about this concept. The more I thought about it the more I realised that this is totally the case when it comes to making anything. There is no secret ingredient. There is no magic formula and there is no reason why anyone can’t make this. You’re the secret ingredient and I think if you can remember this when you’re making a page you’ll take some of the scary out of the process.

Lets break down a page

Ok so we’re going to look at page I made recently and I’m going to break it down for you so you can see just how simple it really was to put together. No secret ingredient remember?

So this page was made in my altered book. I love working in this little book and you can see some of the pages that are in it here.

The Secret Ingredient to Art


One of my favourite ways to break in a blank page is to throw some paint on there with an old gift card or if you’re very fancy a catalyst tool. But honestly a gift card does the job just as well! I love the way the paint goes on in a rough around the edges. I love the uneven and imperfect application.

OK so I’ve added on some stencils on the top to break up the pink color and already we’ve got the makings of a page. Only a few bits of paint and a stencil. No secret ingredient remember?

The Secret Ingredient to Art

So next up I’ve added some scrap booking paper I had lying around. I know we’ve all got stuff laying around. Start looking at and seeing if you can use it in other ways. All I’ve done is fussy cut around the triangles.

Then I’ve stitched around the triangles with some embroidery thread. Very secret right, haha not at all.

The Secret Ingredient to Art

So then I dug into my stash again and used a rub on I had lying around and added some more stitching around the edges of the card to give it a bit more depth. And voila! The page is done and the secret revealed.

The Giveaway!

To celebrate the amazing diversity that is Art and Art Journalling we’re giving away a year’s membership to the Get Messy Art Journal group. Get Messy is an amazing community and I have learnt so much from the group and made some amazing friends.To enter, leave a comment below and hop on over the next person in the hop the beautiful Ms. Essie to read her amazing post and comment there as well! The more comments you leave the more chances you have to win! The winner will be announced on Saturday 23rd July! The very best of luck to everyone entering!

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Welcome Stencilgirl and Imagine Crafts fans to my Christmas in July Project! I have to say when we were asked if we wanted to take part in this project I blindly waved my hand in the air. Then of course I had to come up with a Christmas project at the most non Christmas time of the year imaginable which was quite a challenge!

The Christmas Supplies

So from Imagine Crafts I selected the Creative Medium in Bronze , Monterey Pine Squares and the Stazon Midi in Claret I was especially excited to try out the Creative medium, it’s not something I had used before.

From Stencilgirl I had to get a little creative! As I am already on the Stencilgirl creative team (I KNOW dream come true!) we didn’t get to pick new stencils for this project with Christmas in mind. So I had to get a little creative in my thinking to find a Christmas use for a stencil I already had.

I went with this layered Peonies stencil from Jessica Sporn and I knew if I colored them right it would look very festive, especially with the Bronze Medium.

The Project

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I decided to recycle this wreath I had bought. It was actually an Easter decoration I picked up in a discount store so I didn’t feel too bad about ripping up the decorations already on it! I used some bakers twine to wrap around the outside of the wreath.

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I made some red papers using my gelli plate and then placed the stencil on top of this. I spread the bronze medium over the top with a pallet knife and let the medium dry. Make sure you wash the stencil well after using the medium as it’s quite sticky stuff. It spread really well though and a little certainly goes a long way here.

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I stamped out “Noel” using the Stazon onto the pine shapes. The pine is untreated so the ink stamped onto the wood very easily to create this Christmas phrase.

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I used a hot glue gun to attach my Christmas Peonies around the wreath. The wreath has a very uneven surface so the glue gun was certainly the best choice but there was some non PG language involved to get them positioned right and set!

The Final Result

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So here is my Christmas Wreath in all it’s finished glory. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I’m happy I was able to adapt a non “Christmas” item into something very festive! I really hope you’ve enjoyed my project, I’d love to hear from you if you did! Don’t forget to leave a comment below and keep on hopping to be in with a great chance of winning!


I’ve also created a bonus project for you which you can access by clicking below. You can see how I made a customised candle to go with the project I made. It would make a great last minute present and could easily be adapted for any style or occasion!

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What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on

StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.


Blog Hop Order

July 9:
StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Kristie Taylor
Karen Gaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Cindy Giltrap
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

This time around for the Colour Chaos Art Journal it’s pink and this little beauty belongs to Katie! She hand made the journal herself which is a road I do not want to go down as it’s sure to be a slippery slope for me! I do not need another thing to add to my list of things to make believe me!

Color Chaos Travelling Art Journal Pink

Katie had gelli printed some of the pages before hand which was great as I could just add a few embellishments to an already beautiful page and have a great art journal page already! I used some of my large stash of scrapbooking supplies for this page.

Color Chaos Travelling Art Journal Pink

Trying to challenge my inner Julia here with the page on the right. I used some of my favourite washi tape as well in Pink gingham also on the background. I think it goes really nicely beside Lauren’s patterned page on the left.

Color Chaos Travelling Art Journal Pink

I just can’t resist my vintage ladies lately, I’m using them in everything lately they are so much fun!! I just splashed some paint and pearlescent paints for the swirling background.

Color Chaos Travelling Art Journal Pink

I took inspiration from Patricia’s lovely page here on the right and did my own version. I used some fabric and as I didn’t have pink glitter anything I used my gold glitter washi tape on this simple little art journal page.

Color Chaos Travelling Art Journal Pink

Vintage ladies time again. I’m really enjoying using them with modern and quirky quotes to go along with the illustrations. I felt like this lady needed a little reminder to not give up on her dreams.

Be sure to check out everyone else’s projects on their blogs below and you can check out my other colour posts with blue, black, lilac, gold and red here.

Vanessa, Katie, Sharon, Julia, Lauren and Patricia